[Schiz-Flux] Smile 1-7. Madison, WI: n.p. [Schiz-Flux], 1987-1991. 24-48p..; ill.; 21 x 29.5 cm; ill. wrappers in different colors for each issue.
Launched in 1984 by Stewart Home, SMILE magazine was originally the organ of “Generation Positive”. Soon thereafter, the SMILE concept was appropriated by artists around the world, all writing anonymously (often under the pseudonym of Karen Eliot, a shared nom de plume used that originated within Home’s Neoist movement) and about various topics. It is estimated that over 100 different issues of this magazine of multiple origins have been issued in the UK, the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa and other countries. An exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in 1992, curated by Simon Ford, institutionalized SMILE. The catalogue of the exhibition also includes a non-exhaustive bibliography of SMILE magazines to 1992. For more information on SMILE, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smile_%28art_magazine%29
This series of SMILE is by Schiz-Flux, out of Madiscon (WI). It tackles a variety of topics, but the Situationist influence is strong. Issue #2 is essentially devoted to the SI, and contains “Socialism or Barbarism”; “The Totality for Kids”; “Festival of the Swamps”; “Situationist matter”; “Bolshevism matter” and other such articles.There were seven issues published, with the last issue released in 1993 (SQUIRTS: A Children’s Journal of Flows). We hold issues 1-6, but are missing issue 7.
Ford 152, Ford 207. Rare in the trade, with five OCLC holdings (MOMA, Michigan, Wisconsin Historical Society, LSU, Utah State)
[March 2019 update: we were able to secure the final issue (#7), courtesy of E.G. Many thanks!]